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Film about unsung heroes fighting epidemic hopes to inspire kindness, courage

Updated: 2021-11-26 15:45 ( chinadaily.com.cn )
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A scene from  Reborn. [Photo provided to China Daily]

As a salute to the unsung heroes fighting COVID-19, an online feature film Reborn -- based on true stories -- has started to run on the streaming site Youku since Nov 26.

The film held a premiere in Beijing on Wednesday attended by director Yao Wenyi and cast members Yu Entai, Bai Zeze and Chen Yumi.

The film follows individuals on their dramatic journey when the epidemic broke out in early 2020. There are many stories. A hotel keeper who accidently "escorts" a child to find his lost father in Wuhan; a delivery man involved in fraudulent sale of masks;  and a college graduate of artificial intelligence who gets infected and had to be hospitalized are just some of them.

Director Yao said the film brings warmth and strength to the audience, and may help  them keep a positive attitude while facing difficulties.

Actor Yu, best known for the martial arts comedy drama My Own Swordsman, said the film shows how the epidemic could sometimes be like a mirror for people to reflect on their strengths, but also inspire them to be kind and courageous to others.

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The news conference of the 2022 China International Travel Mart, Kunming, Yunnan province. [Photo/Chinaculture.org]

The 2022 China International Travel Mart was launched in Kunming, Yunnan province today. The three-day event opened at the Kunming Dianchi Lake International Convention and Exhibition Centre, with a theme focusing on smart innovation and high-quality tourism industry aspects.

The news conference was held in the city on Thursday. Zhang Xilong, first class inspector of the Bureau of the International Communication and Cooperation of the Ministry of Culture and Tourism of China and Lou Kewei, deputy-director of the Department of Culture and Tourism of Yunnan province presented the meeting along with academy and entrepreneur representatives.

The conference introduced the preparations and relevant activities of the mart, such as a forum on smart tourism and innovation, a symposium on international travel communication and cooperation in the framework of Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) and a workshop on the China-Laos railway’s contribution to building an Asian community with a shared future.

According to the news meeting, the 2022 travel mart covers about 80,000 square meters, with about 4,200 standard booths. 71 countries and regions attended the event both online and offline, and 31 domestic provinces, cities and autonomous regions and 261 independent exhibition teams.

Online services will be provided to the overseas buyers and sellers in the light of time zones. They could also have a face-to-face negotiation at the mart as well.

The mart also has diverse displays to show culture and tourism, physical education and tourism, as well as overseas tourism and museums.

The National Cultural Heritage Administration, the Palace Museum and museums from other provinces will attend the travel mart.

At the event, Yunnan province will have 2,000 standard booths in four separate sections; each will show culture tourism, healthy lifestyles, physical education tourism and culture tourism consumption.

The travel mart will also stick to the rules of pandemic prevention and control while having the activities go on smoothly.

The news conference of the 2022 China International Travel Mart, Kunming, Yunnan province. [Photo/Chinaculture.org]
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